Hongmei Yu earned her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Oregon and her M.A. from Peking University. She worked as a teaching assistant for courses in Chinese language, Chinese literature, and cinema at the University of Oregon before she joined Luther College for the newly established Chinese program in 2008.
Her research interests are film studies, comparative literature, and contemporary Chinese culture. She offers Chinese language courses at different levels at Luther as well as Chinese literature and cinema courses.